January 22, 2019

HHS Graduates 121 during 2015 Commencement Ceremony

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(Franklin) — Heard County High School graduated 121 students Friday evening during the commencement ceremony held at Staples Stadium.

An overflow assembly of family, friends, and members of the community were in attendance to usher off the Class of 2015 into the next phase of life.

Principal Rodney Kay welcomed those in attendance after the processional entry of the graduates accompanied by the performance of “Pomp and Circumstance” by the HCHS Band.

Several seniors addressed the crowd including Luke Newman who led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance, Ethan Caldwell who gave the opening remarks, and Cassidy Cole who offered the senior reading.

Bradley Barber delivered the Valedictory Address and  Kiara Robinson the Salutatory Address. Natalie Moncus, Barber, Katelyn Reed, Caldwell, Hope Daniel, and Camara Shaheed led the seniors in the Alma Mater and Robinson handled the Class Gift Presentation.

Robinson also led the traditional “Turning of the Tassels.”

Principal Kay gave a speech to the Class of 2015 including the announcement he received earlier in the week from Newsweek Magazine proclaiming HHS as one of the country’s top high schools for the second consecutive year.

Kay’s speech expressed a lot of personal pride in the Class of 2015 proclaiming that this year’s senior class made it “cool to like your high school.”

Heard County Superintendent Jerry Prince accepted the seniors and HHS Assistant Principal Chris Edwards announced all of the graduates.

By far the highlight of this year’s ceremony was Will Hutchins who walked across the stage to receive his diploma thanks to a new device used for the first time outside of a hospital setting.

Hutchins was paralyzed from the waist down two years ago after a car crash.

The crowd was silent and then step-by-step there was a huge standing ovation from the entire audience as Will made his way across that stage to get his diploma.

Several cameras and reporters were on hand from the Atlanta news media to report on the monumental event.

The device, named the Indego, is a new technological device that allows spinal cord injury victim mobility. Right now it is only in the clinical trial phase.

The story has since gathered national media attention and Hutchins is set to appear on Fox and Friends Monday morning.

After the ceremony, the crowd flooded the football field for photos and congratulations.


  1. Tami Steele says:

    It was a beautiful ceremony indeed. God has blessed Heard County with many fine young people. They have already made their mark on Heard County. I believe they will represent Heard County well as they start the next chapter in their lives.

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